Forest Beauty — de Wets Wild

Paralethe dendrophilus The Forest Beauty or Forest Pride is, as its name suggests, a beautiful butterfly inhabiting temperate coastal and mountain forests in eastern South Africa, from the Eastern Cape to the escarpment of Mpumalanga and Limpopo. It is a shy butterfly that flies low and fast and hides in the shade, usually against a […]

Forest Beauty — de Wets Wild

Patrician Blue Butterfly— de Wets Wild

Lepidochrysops patricia With a wingspan of 4.5cm, the Patrician Blue is one of the largest members of the family. Patrician Blues are rare in the Western Cape and occurs only in the eastern-most reaches of the Northern Cape, but otherwise occur commonly all over our seven other provinces. They have a wide habitat tolerance, occurring […]

Patrician Blue — de Wets Wild

African Migrant Butterfly — de Wets Wild

Catopsilia florella The African Migrant is one of the most widespread butterflies occurring in South Africa and can be found in every corner of the country in an extensive variety of habitats, reaching their highest densities in savanna areas. Adults are on the wing throughout the year. This species is well known for its migrating […]

African Migrant — de Wets Wild

Common Diadem — de Wets Wild

Hypolimnas misippus The Common Diadem is a large butterfly with a wingspan of 6 to 8cm. The males are distinctive with a velvety black and blue sheen and striking white blotches to the top of their wings, while the females are excellent mimics of the notoriously foul-tasting African Monarch, which supposedly aids in evading predators. […]

Common Diadem — de Wets Wild

Cacyreus marshalli The Geranium Bronze butterfly is a tiny (wingspan ≈2cm) but very well known inhabitant of most South African gardens, occurring in a wide range of natural and man-made habitats all over the country except in the driest parts of the Karoo and Kalahari. Their major larval food plants are from the geranium and […]

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Amauris albimaculata The sedate and elegant Layman inhabits forests, woodlands and savannas, occurring from the Eastern Cape through Kwazulu Natal into the Lowveld of Mpumalanga and Limpopo, and from there as far north as Cameroon and Ethiopia. They fly slow and high, descending only to feed on flowers and alkaloids seeping from damaged and wilted […]

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In this 26 September 2017 slow motion video, a red admiral butterfly drives away a green-veined white from its spot on butterfly-bush flowers. Bart Pijper in the Netherlands made this video. Related articles The great red admiral boom of 2017, a small piece of good news for the butterfly counters Dutch garden butterfly count results […]


Byblia ilithyia The beautiful Spotted Joker is found in Africa and Asia. In South Africa they commonly occur in all our provinces with the exception of the Western Cape, inhabiting grasslands and dry, open savanna habitats. The larvae feed predominantly on plants from the genus Tragia, while adults gather on rotting fruit, faeces and mud. […]

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Colotis evagore The Small Orange Tip butterfly has a patchy distribution in South Africa, being found in portions of the Eastern Cape, most of Kwazulu-Natal and Mpumalanga, all of Limpopo, North West and Gauteng, the western Free State and extreme eastern districts of the Northern Cape, preferring the drier, more open, savanna-type habitats. They’re also […]

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